Jun 29, 2018

THOUGHTBARN LECTURE_AIPP / Texas Society of Architects_Visionary Voices

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AIPP partnered with Texas Society of Architects to bring you Visionary Voices, a new speaker series featuring celebrated public artists from across the country. The series aims to encourage thoughtful consideration of the role of public art and its relationship to public spaces, examining the often blurred line between art and architecture. The lectures will also highlight the participating artists’ bodies of work and will offer a sneak peek of commissions they are executing for the City.

We are happy to be the next speaker in the series on August 14, 2018. 

All lectures are at 6PM at Texas Society of Architects, 500 Chicon Street.

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Dec 21, 2015

North Austin Community Garden Wins A|N Best of Design Awards 2015

Thoughtbarn's North Austin Community Garden won the Landscape & Urban Design cateogory of the Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards 2015. (Full article here). …

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Thoughtbarn's North Austin Community Garden won the Landscape & Urban Design cateogory of the Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards 2015. (Full article here).

Many thanks (and congratulations!) to all our project partners (including Art in Public PlacesYMCA of AustinSustainable Food Center, the City's Sustainable Urban Agriculture program, John Hart Asher of the Ladybird Wildflower Center, and the Garden Leadership Group, led bySharon Mays), the dedicated Thoughtbarn team (past and present: Andrei Klypin, Kate Nichols and Kyle Norman, with support from Brian Carville and Kaziah Haviland), our many talented craftsmen (Connor Finn, Rhys Andersen, Shane Riley, Jimmy Rittenberry, Jon Davidson (DoeFabCo) and Ann Armstrong (Ann-Made), as well as DeLara Landscaping and Native Irrigation), our 100+ volunteers (including an energetic crew from JE Dunn and Junior Girl Scout Troop 1210), and to Eastside Lumber.

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Nov 24, 2015

Fair Market Wins Preservation Merit Award 2015


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Fair Market is a unique event space that has hosted vintage motorcycle shows, art and craft fairs, dance parties, weddings and fashion shows against its industrial backdrop since its 2014 opening. It was converted from a five-bay (1600 SF) Quonset hut constructed in the 1950's. The core vision was to keep the essential character of the building in tact. The strategy of “less is more” was employed, leaving the structure exposed and the building uninsulated while adding new entrances, bathrooms, and large ceiling fans.

On November 20, 2015, Fair Market was recognized with a 2015 Preservation Merit Award for its visionary approach to preserving Austin's architectural, cultural, and environmental heritage.

Jury Comments: This remarkable transformation preserves an important remnant of East Austin’s industrial past at a time when so many of the neighborhood’s historic resources are being lost. The jury further appreciates that the project preserved an early 20th century board and batten cottage and usable greenspace adjacent to the warehouse.

Many thanks to our partner business, DELINEATE studio, and to Guerilla Suit for working with us on the signage.

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Nov 11, 2015

Weekend of Art Installations in Austin


We are excited to share several events happening in Austin this weekend that we have participated in or our friends have contributed to:

#1 - Thurs, Nov 12: Waller Creek Conservancy's Creek ShowOpening Night 6-11pm

#2 - Fri, Nov 13: Field Constructs Design Competition, Exhibition Opening Reception 5-7pm

#3 - Sat & Sun, Nov 14-15: Tempo & AIPP Art Installations

#4 - Sun, Nov 15: Drawing Lines: District Nine, Final Exhibition Day

 


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We are excited to share several events happening in Austin this weekend that we have participated in or our friends have contributed to:

#1 - Thurs, Nov 12: Waller Creek Conservancy's Creek ShowOpening Night 6-11pm

#2 - Fri, Nov 13: Field Constructs Design Competition, Exhibition Opening Reception 5-7pm

#3 - Sat & Sun, Nov 14-15: Tempo & AIPP Art Installations

#4 - Sun, Nov 15: Drawing Lines: District Nine, Final Exhibition Day

 



#1 - Waller Creek Conservancy's Creek Show (November 12-21, 2015)


"High Water Mark" by Thoughtbarn (Creek Show, 2014)

We had the privilege of being part of the inaugural Creek Show last year. Creek Show attracted thousands of visitors to the creek. It is back this year in an expanded, nine-night format with five brand new site-specific installations all designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects. This free public event will captivate visitors through visionary art that illustrates the intersection of natural environment, innovative design, and urban life. RSVP requested.

Opening Night: November 12, 6-11pm
November 12-21, 2015: 6-11pm
Waller Creek between 5th St and 8th St.
www.creekshow.com



#2 - Field Constructs Design Competition Exhibition (November 13-23, 2015)



Our friend and colleague, Igor Siddiqui of ISSStudio, was on the curation team for the exterior installation competition Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC). Competition submissions by 2015 FCDC Winners, Jury Selection Finalists, and Curators’ Choices will be on display November 13-23, 2015.

Mebane Gallery in Goldsmith Hall at The University of Texas School of Architecture
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
Opening Reception for Gallery Exhibitioin: Friday, November 13, 2015 from 5-7pm (Introductory remarks by the curators at 5:15pm)
Opening Reception at 900 Grove Boulevard: Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 1-4pm
http://fieldconstructs.org/



#3 - Tempo and AIPP (Art in Public Places) Art Installations (November 2015)


"Omission" by Juan Deleon (TEMPO, November 2015)


Sat, Nov 14 - TEMPO: Omission
Sat, Nov 14  - EAST Public Art Crawl
Sat, Nov 14  - TEMPO: Born and Bread
Sun, Nov 15  - AIPP 30: Art Party for the People

http://austintexas.gov/tempo
http://austintexas.gov/department/art-in-public-places
 


#4 - Drawing Lines: District Nine (through Sunday, November 15, 2015)


"Construction Event" by Jack Sanders (Drawing Lines, November 2015)

Our friend Jack Sanders' (Founder of Design Build Adventure) installation "Construction Event" will be on display at the Elizabet Ney Museum through Sunday, November 15, 2015.
http://www.drawinglinesaustin.com/

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Mar 31, 2015

JOB OPENING / OFFICE WIZARD

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We're looking for someone to help us part-time with the administrative side of things in the office.  This includes tasks related to invoicing, financial record-keeping, project scheduling, insurance, employee resources, potential projects, and, with the right skillset, marketing as well. Anticipated workload is 16hrs/wk with possibility of more hours if marketing is part of job too. Job description below.  If you're interested please send your resume to Lucy at lucy@thoughtbarn - or send this on to someone you think might be! 

Office Wizard Job Opening

The following qualifications are desirable:
- Interest in architecture, design and construction.
- Good organizational skills, both analog and digital.
- Proficiency with Word and Excel.
- Proficiency with Quickbooks, or desire to learn.
- Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Ability to take initiative/self-direct.
- Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and website management a plus.

Job Duties

Potential Projects
- Manage incoming inquiries about potential projects (emails, client calls, meeting scheduling).
- Assist directors in putting together contracts for new projects.

Financial/Record-Keeping
- Send and follow-up on invoices to clients.
- Assist book-keeper in compiling receipts/invoices.
- Collect timesheets from employees and maintain project reports tracking hours, income and expenses.
- Work with directors and CPA to files taxes, ensure state and federal tax requirements are met.
- Deposit incoming checks to bank and assist in handling subcontractor/consultant payments.
- Assist directors in running payroll and managing related paperwork.

Scheduling
- Help directors manage weekly schedules and appointments.
- Organize occasional work travel arrangements for directors.

Maintenance
- Keep office clean, organized and stocked with stationary / water / supplies.

Employees/Subcontractors
- Manage incoming resumes from candidates seeking work, set up meetings where appropriate.
- Ensure we have w-9 information from subcontractors and consultants.

Insurance
- Document all office valuables, keep records for insurance.
- Manage paperwork requirements to keep insurance current.
- Periodically review insurance plans (health, liability, workers comp) and work with agent to research alternatives.

Marketing (optional)
- Keep a calendar of upcoming RFQ and award deadlines
- Put together press packets, award submissions, RFQ applications for various projects.
- Upload project photos, text, blog updates to website, social media.

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